A Midwesterner through and through, Denise Howard Long grew up amid the cornstalks and bean plants of central Illinois. She began writing stories as a young girl, clicking away on a typewriter she received for her 11th birthday. A lifelong reader and learner, she believes in the power of stories and that, sooner or later, kindness and goodness will prevail. Denise currently works as an editor and lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

Her first book, Spoil the Child, a chapbook collection of flash fiction, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2018.